Is Jogging Really Bad For You?


Study: Strenuous Joggers As Likely To Die As Sedentary Non-Joggers

Is Jogging Really Bad For You?I have to admit I did an internal victory dance (like the ones football players do when they score a touchdown) after reading about the study posted by the Journal of American College of Cardiology, which reported that jogging is bad for you – well, strenuous jogging for long periods of time is just as bad for you as being sedentary.

“I know that sounds like an oxymoron – how could a fitness instructor experience such pleasure from learning that any form of exercise might have negative effects?  But hear me out…”

Study researcher Jacob Marott and his colleagues of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, followed nearly 1,100 healthy joggers and 413 sedentary people for more than 12 years. The researchers found that strenuous joggers were as likely to die during that time period as the sedentary non-joggers.

Light to Moderate Jogging Is Better (3 Times Per Week, 20-48 Mins)

They found that jogging three times a week is best, for between 20 and 48 minutes each time. This study only continues to ingrain the philosophy we have here at Green Mountain at Fox Run: letting go of the no pain, no gain mentality.

But, I still decided to soul-search as to why this research made me so happy. Maybe it’s because I will often compare myself to my Marathon Runner friend, who hits the pavement 4 to 5 times a week with 7 miles being an average run.  Not really doable for my body, and maybe a part of me felt that I’m “not good enough” to keep up with her.

Research Validates Letting Go Of The “No Pain, No Gain” Mentality

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So when the study revealed this possibility that I was doing the right thing by listening to my body and not pushing myself beyond what seemed like achievable and joyful exercise, it felt like validation for what I truly believe, which is to find a healthy balance with exercise that honors my body. A little bit of cardio, a little bit of strength training, a little bit of yoga.

Oh, and don’t forget – a little bit of cake!


2 responses to “Is Jogging Really Bad For You?”

  1. Suzanna says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes! What relief. It really does take the pressure off. Think I’ll go exercise now:)

  2. Paul says:

    Very interesting. I use to jog every day until my knees and ankles couldn’t take it any longer. I think if you have the body for it and there are benefits – Great, go for it – I now practice yoga which is very low to zero impact on the body:)

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Lori Wright

Lori spent her teens and twenties with self-loathing and body issues, but changed her life after discovering yoga. She feels that yoga helped her become a better mother, lover and human being. She became less judgmental against herself and others. Finding ways to bring humor and self-compassion into movement activities, Lori’s mission is to help others fall in love with fitness while taking care of the body they have today. Lori uses mindfulness tools such as meditation and positive affirmations as well as running to de-stress to support her in raising her two young daughters. Lori has recently received her certification in Curvy Yoga, a certification designed to encourage and support women of all sizes and shapes to reap the wonderful benefits of Yoga. She utilizes this certification to instruct Curvy Yoga classes at Green Mountain At Fox Run.

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